Project Lemon Tree is a living, outdoor classroom program built by students. Public and private schools on all Hawaiian islands as well as businesses and community locations are also invited to participate. The program anchors a curriculum system for grades K-12 in the subjects of agriculture, farm-to-table, culinary, ecology, water conservation, Ahupa’a eco-ag systems (native Hawaiian plants), trellis building (architecture, engineering and construction), crafts, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Project Lemon Tree: The Living, Outdoor Classroom
The Lemon Tree, of all cultivated plants, is one of the most efficient at removing C02 from the atmosphere (see Study). Lemon Tree highlights:
- A top reducer of C02.
- Drought tolerant, zero-scape plant.
- Non-rodent due to high acidity of fruit.
- Non-invasive root structures, with a small root ball to canopy ratio of 1:2.
- Low pest plant, suitable for organic production.
- Wide climatic suitability.
- High-value agriculture crop.
- Agriculture showcase of grafting multiple citrus on single trees.
- Illustrates product mobility eco-costs as Hawai’i currently imports 97.5% of lemons consumed.
- Used in most cultural cuisines.
- Trellis structures to support faster growth and wider canopies provide shade, outdoor classrooms, STEM learning and career pathways to building trades (architecture, engineering, construction).
- Innovation & entrepreneurship experiences though our companion program LemonadeAlley.
Schools & Youth Centers: Register a Site
Reserve lemon trees today and start your planning & approval process by clicking the button below:
Sponsors: Adopt a Class
Companies and organizations are invited to adopt classes from our list of participating schools. Each adoption provides lemon trees and PLT class curriculum. Adopt a class by clicking the button below:
Design-Thinking: Drawing a Pergola
Students get inventive with potted lemons, espalier (shaped trees) and trellis structures!
Design-Thinking: Build a Scale Model